Publication by THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE STANDARD, July 1, 1997

by MJSmith

            The only quotation marks in this post will be those marks found in the original publication.  Although this issue is copyrighted (1997) the author, Stanley L. Larkin, is no longer here.  However, the Endtime Center is still up and running.  If any of them have issue with me printing the following then they can let me know and I will withdraw it as a post.  The main reason why I am posting it is because I feel that it is very important to present its message to the world again (over 20 years later).  I have other posts with some of the same material from the article by Mary Baker Eddy.
            {I will use these brackets for any interpolations I may make.}

Material History is Drawing to a Close” (No and Yes, by Mary Baker Eddy, p. 45)

MARY BAKER EDDY EXPLAINS WHY THE WORLD WILL END

            Mrs. Eddy writes in No and Yes, p. 45:27:  “Material history is drawing to a close.”  She explains why this is to occur in her article “The Second Advent” written in the 1890’s but never published in her lifetime.  It deals with the first and second appearing of Christ plus a third appearing which is very important to us today at the time of the end.  We can learn from this article how Mrs. Eddy’s prophecy in Pulpit and Press, p. 22:9, can be fulfilled:

If the lives of Christian Scientists attest their fidelity to Truth, I predict that in the twentieth century every Christian church in our land, and a few in far-off lands, will approximate the understanding of Christian Science sufficiently to heal the sick in his name.  Christ will give to Christianity his new name, and Christendom will be classified as Christian Science.

The key to fulfilling this prophecy is the “new name.”  It is because of the understanding of the “new name” that Christians will be able to heal effectively in this name.  {This prophecy was not fulfilled and there is only one reason why it did not happen – Christian Scientists did not attest their fidelity to Truth (the second coming of Christ).}
            The following pages contain a review of Mrs. Eddy’s teaching on the Christ, the article “The Second Advent,” and the editor’s commentary.

                                                            CHRIST

            The Bible and Mrs. Eddy have various terms for Christ, such as Messiah, who was thought to be a mighty warrior leader to deliver the Children of Israel from bondage to their captors.  Other terms include Model, Son, Saviour, mediator, “the spiritual idea,” the “divine ideal,” “the link in being’s chain,” the “character of God,” intercessor, etc.
            Christian Scientists generally accept the position that Christian Science is the second coming of Christ {yet they resist Mary Baker Eddy as being the second coming of Christ because they use her own words to prove their point}.  {These Christian Scientists do not stop to think that without Mary Baker Eddy Christian Science would not have come.  It is a trick of the red dragon to fool Christian Scientists into believing that if Mary Baker Eddy had not come along then someone else would have written SCIENCE AND HEALTH WITH KEY TO THE SCRIPTURES, or to get them to think that Mary Baker Eddy was the one appointed to the task because she got to the top of the hill before anyone else did.  Nothing could be further from the truth or further from Truth.}
            In her first day’s lesson, Mrs. Eddy told her November, 1888, class in the Massachusetts Metaphysical College:  “Sight is both subjective and objective.  The subjective sight determines the objective sight.  If the subjective sight could be material, the objective would be material, but the subjective sight of Mind, God, is forever spiritual—hence the objective must be spiritual.  Whatever you see in others is simply the objective state of your own subjective thought.”[1]
            Subjective means “the mind’s thoughts or knowledge of itself.”  Objective means the expression.
            Mrs. Eddy defines “Christ” as “the divine manifestation of God, which comes to the flesh to destroy incarnate error.”[2]
            Another student in the same November, 1888, class quotes Mrs. Eddy:  “God knows Himself—which is to know all, because He is All-in-all.  God is individual, and individuality is the opposite of, and is separate from, personality.  Personal sense makes man less than individual, robs him of individuality by giving him personality and personal sense.
            “Subjective sight determines the objective sight.  If the subjective sight could be material the objective sight would be material.  The subjective sight of Mind is forever spiritual; hence the objective sight must be spiritual.  Whatever we see in others is simply the objective state of our own mind.  (Whatever we see objectively is simply the subjective state of our own belief of consciousness.)”[3]
            Divine Mind is all-knowing.  It knows its glorious self.  Since it is All-in-all, to know itself is to know all.
            In the first chapter of Genesis, the first word of God is:  “Let there be light [intelligence].”  That light was the intelligence which is subjective in the Mind which is God.  The divine Mind can only see that which is subjective in its consciousness.
            Mrs. Eddy writes:  “Immortal and divine Mind presents the idea of God [Christ]:  first, in light: second, in reflection; third, in spiritual and immortal forms of beauty and goodness.”[4]
            In 1907 Mrs. Eddy changed the third Question and Answer in the chapter “Recapitulation” (p. 465:17) from its former wording:  “Question. — Is there more than one Principle?  Answer. — There is not.  Principle is divine, one Life, one Truth, one Love…” to its present form:  “Principle and its idea [Christ] is one, and this one is God, omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent Being, and His reflection is [generic] man and the universe.”
            Every idea has two states: — a subjective and an objective state.  Christ, God’s idea, is God’s subjective thought of Himself.  Mrs. Eddy tells us that Mind is that “which outlines but is not outlined.”[5]
            The spiritual, real universe comes into view—into focus—in our consciousness as we gain Christ subjectively in our mind.
            The whole, infinite universe of God is complete in its glory, and is forever unfolding according to divine law.
            According to Genesis, first chapter, God made two great lights—the greater light to rule the day, the lesser light to rule the night.  The six days of creation in Genesis come into focus through the process of light and shade.  The evening of the first day becomes the morning of the first day which in turn becomes the evening, or “shade,” of the second day, etc.[6]  Spiritual “forms of beauty and goodness” are unfolded out of the vast universe.

            God’s Fatherhood and Motherhood are not for the purpose of sexual generation, but for the purpose of light and shade which brings into view through Christ, the focus of the spiritual “forms of beauty and goodness.”  {In the illustration above we have the Vitruvian Man superimposed with the spheres from the Cabala Tree of Life, the two top spheres (underneath Kether) are somewhat like the shade and light or the Christ-Mother and the  Christ-Father.}  Christ is always at work in man’s subjective thought to unfold harmony in spiritual ideas.
            Man sees only what is subjective in his consciousness.  As Jesus said:  “The kingdom of God is within you.”[7]  We live throughout all eternity with Christ as our way-shower.  We go “from glory unto glory.”[8]  If the understanding of the seven synonyms for God is subjective in consciousness the nature and character of God with all of its glory will be objective in our sight.
            God’s word is “Let there be light.”  Let your subjective thought be filled with the knowledge of God, and glorify God in all your ways.
            Man is necessarily always with Christ.  As Jesus said, “And, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.”[9]  Eventually all must accept a new meaning of the term Christ.  It is not a personal being, but an impersonal all loving “Model” of God.  Christ is an entity within the Godhead.

                                                  The Second Advent

                                                               by
                                             MARY BAKER EDDY

1          Noticing the mistakes in the sermons published in the Christian Science Journal on the subject of Jesus and the Christ, I herewith state once again [ca 1986] and for all time the pith of the meaning in your textbook that has settled this question on its scientific basis.

The first Mary window.

2          Mary as the mother of Jesus became the first scientific interpreter of the Christ idea, of Mary as the highest interpreter of man and God, of man as woman which represents God’s highest manhood.  {Notice in the window seen above that the head of the Virgin Mary and Christ Jesus’ head are on an equal level of height.}

3          C.A.L. Totten, U.S.A. in his excellent work The King’s Daughters, {notice the word daughters is pluralized not singular} writes, “It was the creation of womanhood that completed the equation which even yet we have not fully solved.”  His prophecies are grounded in Science.  They reiterate the sacred Scriptural records and the logical syllogisms in Science and Health where the demonstration of being starts with the manhood of being and rises to womanhood as the Christ idea and the Revelator’s vision thereof, wherein the Spirit and the bride say, come.

4          Were Luther, Calvin, Melanchthon, Wesley, and thousands of other eminent personages walking adown the dim vista of nineteen centuries fools?  Does not Truth demand both the letter and the Spirit of Christian Science whereby to instruct mankind into the demonstrable understanding of the divine Principle and rule of Christ healing?

5          Now, stating Christian Science incorrectly must, does, prevent your demonstrating it.  Error, contradicting Truth, is tempting Christian Scientists to form misconceptions of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd appearing of Christ and the relatives thereof.  I warn you that this evil intent, if carried out, will take away your understanding of Christian Science and check the unfolding of Truth at this period.
            “Oh, no,” answers the zealot, “Truth has come to stay.”
            I reply, “It never came, ‘twas ever here.  But you can thrust it out of your own mind and that of others by misconceiving it and misstating it.  Then how can it stay in your consciousness or anybody else’s who does this?”

6          If you lose your correct statement of the Principle and idea of Science, you cannot demonstrate the Principle, and without this demonstration of healing the sick on the Principle you claim to demonstrate, how long would the claim to Christian Science deserve to stay among you?  Your textbook vindicates the survival of the fittest, the immortality of Truth and the mortality of error.

7          Did Jesus teach the science of his healing and his students record it so plainly that the wayfaring man could catch the meaning until a woman was chosen by God to discover it and interpret it to mankind?

8          What is the second coming of Christ?  It is another era of the world’s awakening, a higher advent in human consciousness of the spiritual idea, the true character of God.  This idea of God neither comes nor goes, for it is inseparable from its divine Principle, the ever-present I AM.  But the human concept of this idea has its periods of light and shade.

9          Christian Scientists are not Second Adventists believing in the finite appearing of finite good.  Every loyal Scientist understands that the second coming of Christ is the next higher, hence, more spiritual revelation of God’s character.  The Christian era presented the first tangible idea of God’s character by its inspired man, Jesus.  The era of Christian Science ushers in through woman {Mary Baker Eddy} the second appearing of His character and this from the necessity of His nature as the Father and Mother of all, the creator, even the complete and ever-present idea of God.  Therefore, this era comes not through Jesus but through Mary {the Virgin Mind manifested by both Jesus’ mother Mary and Mary Baker Eddy}, the type of womanhood and mother of its first and forever appearing which divine Science alone can give.  The third appearing of the spiritual idea of the character of God will present but the disappearing of all else, and establish the supremacy of Spirit which obliterates the human sense of the divine {the human sense of Jesus and Mary is obliterated and replaced with the divine understanding of Jesus and Mary as the masculine representative of Christ and the feminine representative of Christ}, takes away all sense of matter and reveals the final fact that the idea, Christ, is not a materialized or finite man or woman {called Jesus and Mary}, but is the infinite concept of infinite Mind.

10        Now, are you disappointed and declare, “She hath taken away my Lord and I know not where she hath laid him?”  I have not taken away the real but the false conception of the individual God, the individual man, and the personality and merits of Jesus, but I have endeavored to dematerialize and unlimit your human dream of the divine, your material sense of the spiritual, your finite views of the infinite, and to give you a scientific concept of Jesus and his mission, of the nature of Christ, of the mission of Mary as the mother of Jesus, the scientific interpreter of true manhood, womanhood and the character of God.

11        Jesus’ work on earth is done, for he as an individual finished his glorious earthly career and sat down at the right hand of the Father—left earth for heaven—in other words, he entered into the infinite sense of Life and its manifestation, never more to be manifest as flesh.  This was the consummation of his earth mission and it needs no reappearing or repetition to crown its glory.  {This means that Jesus does not come as a human in the Second Coming of Christ.}

12        All this is not the material Jesus, nor Mary, nor Martha, but the spiritual idea dwelling forever in the bosom of the Father-Mother God, because this idea is the link in being’s chain which unites indissolubly the Father and son, man and God.  The on-rushing centuries are declaring this idea higher and higher in the scale of being and will ere long yield to the sense of its ascendant glory.[10]

                                                (End of Article by Mrs. Eddy)

            {As far as I know I am the only one who has asked the following questions:  Why did Mary Baker Eddy give three names to these three comings of Christ as that of Jesus, Mary, and Martha?  We know Jesus was the first coming during the Fifth Day of Life, and we know that Mary Baker Eddy was the second coming during the Sixth Day of Truth.  So who is Martha?  Was there a reason why she used the name Martha instead of Harry or Sally?  Is not Mary one of the King’s Daughters?  And is not Martha one of the King’s Daughters as well?  If we have two comings of Christ, one for the Day of Life and one for the Day of Truth, then it stands to reason that we must have a third coming for the Seventh Day of Love.  “Principle is divine, one Life, one Truth, One Love.”}

COMMENTARY ON MRS. EDDY’S “SECOND ADVENT” ARTICLE BY THE STANDARD’S EDITOR

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MRS. EDDY CORRECTS SECOND ADVENT MISCONCEPTIONS “FOR ALL TIME”

            Most Christian Scientists believe the coming of Mrs. {Mary Baker Glover} Eddy and her discovery of Christian Science to be the second advent of Christ.  There are, however, a number of misconceptions among students of Christian Science regarding the second coming because mankind in general was not ready in her day to comprehend it.  The following quote documents this point:

MR EDITOR: — The late articles referring to me in July issue of the JOURNAL, contain presentiments that I object to having uttered or written now in regard to myself {this does not mean that the Truth must permanently be hidden or not written about or spoken about}.  God alone appoints the befitting path and place for each of His children; and mankind should wait on Him, and let the ages declare judgment.  It is my impression that at least a half century {1940’s} will pass away before man is permitted to render his public verdict on some of the momentous questions that are now agitating the world.
                                                                        Mary B. G. Eddy[11]

The fourth Mary window.

            {A little pamphlet was published by the Christian Science Publishing Society, and signed by the Board of Directors, it was called MRS. EDDY’S PLACE.  This meant that her place in Bible prophecy was acknowledged publicly, by her Church, in 1943.  It was in the late 1940’s that Bliss Knapp (who actually knew Mary Baker Eddy) published his book Destiny of The Mother Church telling the world that Mary Baker Eddy is the woman God-crowned.  Although the world was ready for the Truth, the material organized Board of Directors were not ready for the Truth to be widely published (to the corners of the earth) because they did not want to lose their hold over the material organization (The First Church and all Branch Churches).  So they demanded that Knapp’s book be pulled from circulation and destroyed. The Board sent Knapp a letter on 2/20/48 about his book.  This action made it possible for the Board of Directors to become infiltrated by communism.  Rhode’s Scholar Insider Clayton B. Craig was appointed as a Board member on 10/6/48 and left the Board on 4/30/72.  It was in the early 1990’s that the Christian Science Publishing Society published the book under the guise of a biography series on Mary Baker Eddy (when they really published it for monetary purposes only).  Before the book was released to the public the Board of Director’s brown nosers sent out false propaganda (red dragon flood) about the book to the Field of Christian Scientists.  Their plan was to keep all Reading Rooms from voluntarily selling the book and build up a resistance, by the Field, to purchase the book.  Unfortunately their plans to undermine the book worked.}
            Although Mrs. Eddy saw the need of correcting thought in this regard, this article (“The Second Advent”) was never published during her lifetime, — not until after the above referred to fifty-year waiting period was over.  In 1961 this article appeared in a book titled Essays on Christian Science Ascribed to Mary Baker Eddy, Providence, 1961.  The compiler, Gilbert C. Carpenter Jr., whose father had been a member of Mrs. Eddy’s household, writes in the introduction:  “The article ‘The Second Advent’ was copied directly from a reproduction of the original manuscript in Mrs. Eddy’s handwriting.”  The article is also reprinted in what is often known as the Carpenter (or R. F. Oakes) “Red Book,” Essays and Other Footprints, p. 47.  {This is the book that I have.}

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MARY AS THE HIGHEST SCIENTIFIC INTERPRETER OF GOD AND MAN

A KEY TO UNDERSTANDING

            A key to understanding the first and second advents in the context of this article is the statement in Science and Health: — “The Lamb’s wife [i.e., Christ at the second advent, represented by Mrs. Eddy] presents the unity of male and female as no longer two wedded individuals, but as two individual natures in one; and this compounded spiritual individuality reflects God as Father-Mother, not as a corporeal being.  In this divinely united spiritual consciousness, there is no impediment to eternal bliss, — to the perfectibility of God’s creation.”[12]
            This key statement is made clearer in the preceding words in the same paragraph:  “The term Lord, as used in our version of the Old Testament, is often synonymous with Jehovah, and expresses the Jewish concept, not yet elevated to deific apprehension through spiritual transfiguration.  Yet the word gradually approaches a higher meaning.  This human sense of Deity yields to the divine sense, even as the material sense of personality yields to the incorporeal sense of God and man as the infinite Principle and infinite idea, — as one Father with His universal family, held in the gospel of Love.”[13]
            {This point is brought out at the end of the chapter “The Apocalypse” with the Lord’s [Jehovah’s] Prayer (Psalms 23) when she replaces the word Lord with Love.}

THE MEANING OF TERMS CHANGE AT DIFFERENT ERAS

            Just as the term Lord originally signified Jehovah, “the Jewish concept, not yet elevated to deific apprehension through spiritual transfiguration,” so is it today with the term Christ.  It “gradually approaches a higher meaning.”
            Judge Hanna wrote:  “Mrs. Eddy once told me if she could take up teaching another class, she would teach ‘The Theology of Jesus,’ and it would seem so far in advance that it would appear an entirely different teaching.  She said she had intended to teach a Theological class, but other things had kept her occupied, and the main reason was her students were not ready for it.”
            Again Judge Hanna wrote:  “Final teaching in Christian Science will be as different from prevailing teaching as Christian Science teaching now is different from old theology.”[14]

THE MOTHER OF JESUS TAKES ON A HIGHER MEANING

            Another term that “gradually approaches a higher meaning” is the term “The Mother of Jesus” which is used several times in the article.  It is first used here in the third paragraph {should read “second paragraph”}; then in paragraph 9 we read:  “The era of Christian Science ushers in through woman the second appearing of His [God’s] character [i.e., in Christ] and this from the necessity of His nature as the Father and Mother of all, the creator, even the complete and ever-present idea of God.  Therefore, this era comes not through Jesus but through Mary [i.e., Mary Baker Eddy], the type of womanhood and mother of its first and forever appearing which divine Science alone can give…”  Jesus is not displaced or replaced by the second appearing as a woman.  {Yet many Christian Scientists fear that by declaring Mary Baker Eddy as the second coming of Christ that they are displacing or replacing Jesus with Mary Baker Eddy!}
            Again, in paragraph 10, she makes this reverence:  “…I have endeavored…to give you a scientific concept of Jesus and his mission, of the nature of Christ, of the mission of Mary as the mother of Jesus, the scientific interpreter of true manhood, womanhood and the character of God.”
            Who is this Mother of Jesus of which Mrs. Eddy tells us she is the type, and the “first scientific interpreter of the Christ idea”?

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      THE EQUATION TO BE SOLVED

            Charles Totten, a military Science professor at Yale University, was also an authority on chronologic prophecy.  He wrote a series of books in the 1890’s on the subject.  Although never a Christian Scientist, in one book, The King’s Daughters, 1891, he stated that the second coming of Christ would be a woman, and that she was at that time present on earth.  {Christ and Christmas was published December 2, 1893.}
            He writes:  “It was the creation of Womanhood that completed the equation, which even yet we have not fully solved.”[15]
            Mrs. Eddy became acquainted with the writings of Totten in 1895.  She states, “His prophecies are grounded in Science.”[16]  The specific prophecies she refers to here are those between pages 251 and 257 in The King’s Daughters.  His prophecies parallel Mrs. Eddy’s statement in Science and Health, p. 577:4.
            Unquestionably in Mrs. Eddy’s day general thought could not accept or comprehend so detailed an explanation, for Totten writes:

            If thou hast ears to hear, learn wisdom, and with thine eyes thou shall indeed behold this great sight in thy turn; but if this parable is foolishness to thee, beware lest thou concern thyself to say so.
            It is a small thing to misunderstand, nor art thou necessary to blame for not comprehending.  They only that are truly his perceive his voice.
            Be discreet therefore whether thou hast understanding or not, and, if thou hast not Light, perchance it shall be accounted unto thee for wisdom that, when it passed before thee, and thou didst not comprehend it, yet thou didst wisely hold thy peace![17]

            What may have been difficult to comprehend in the 1890’s should be more readily comprehended today.
            This subject of Totten’s prophecies referred to by Mrs. Eddy is discussed in detail in previous issues of The Christian Science Standard.[18]
            Judge Septimus J. Hanna, CSD, quotes ten pages from Totten’s prophecies in his Reminiscences of Mary Baker Eddy, never circulated during his lifetime.  In one of his editorials he wrote:

            A second coming is as clearly prophesied as was the first coming.  The Old Testament writers foretold it, Jesus plainly prophesied it, and the apostles re-iterated these prophecies.  The only question among believers in the Bible has been as to the time and manner of the coming.  In respect to this there has been, and yet is, much disputation, speculation, and controversy.  A personal coming is generally believed in, and the only personality that will at present meet the general expectancy of Christendom is the identical personality of Jesus as he appeared nineteen hundred years ago.  {And this is specifically why everyone missed seeing the second appearance of Christ, because they were looking for a man and not a woman.}
            Only, as yet, a comparatively small part of mankind are ready to accept the larger coming comprehended in a re-establishment of the religious regime which Jesus inaugurated.  This small part of mankind are satisfied that the second-coming has commenced and is now manifesting itself in the works which Jesus taught should be the evidence of the fact that the Kingdom of Heaven was at hand.  While this coming is, in a sense, general, presaging a universal Kingdom, it is, in another sense, individual.  There can be no general or universal Kingdom that does not include, first and foremost, the individual.  As units make millions and trillions, so individuals make an aggregate.  Individuality, therefore, leads to universality.  Individuality in its best sense, includes personality.  Not the false personality of mortal sense, but the true personality, which, in its individuality, reflects the Divine character.  From this point of view Christian Scientists believe in a personal second-coming.
            God has ever manifested himself, in large measure, through persons or individuals.  Through the Biblical writers, and through Moses, Elijah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and many others, he manifested himself in a sense above and beyond that of the average of their contemporaries or the generality of those who preceded them.  In Christ Jesus he manifested himself in the largest sense of all and in ways apart from all.  Yet, as we have said, notwithstanding the wonderful and striking character of such manifestations, the material perception of that age and generation could not accept them as of God.  The “remnant” only could see and accept.  It has been so in a relative sense ever since. …
            In the declaration of Genesis that God created man in His own image, male and female, we recognize the divine Fatherhood and Motherhood.  That Fatherhood and Motherhood must logically express itself in the male and female.  Otherwise there were no true, full “image and likeness.”  That would not be a complete second-coming which did not express the “fulness of the Godhead bodily.”  In other words, there must be a personalized or individualized expression of the male and female of God’s creation before there is a full revelation of God to mankind.
            By common belief of all Christians, Christ Jesus represented the spiritual type or male-hood {or Father Hood} of God.  Is it not reasonable to assume that a full or completed revelation includes God’s spiritual type of female-hood {or Mother Hood}?  If God is male only, it seems that he would embrace within himself but a half of Being or Individuality; and it would be impossible to reconcile such a conception with his own declaration of Genesis that out of his self-hood he created “male and female.”
            Christian Scientists believe in a full Godhead; and thus believing they believe also in a full manifestation of that Godhead to humanity.  To their understanding the Woman of the Apocalypse stands in type for the spiritual idea of God’s creation spoken of in Genesis.  They see in spiritual vision or perception the “spiritual idea as a woman clothed in [reflecting] light, a bride coming down from Heaven, wedded to the Lamb of Love,”  (SCIENCE AND HEALTH WITH KEY TO THE SCRIPTURES.)  The Apocalypse is indeed a “revelation” to their thought, and in it they see a “new heaven and a new earth,” even as the “new tongue” referred to in the gospel.[19]

Note:  This editorial was personally read and approved by Mrs. Eddy in 1893 (CF. Hanna Reminiscences of Mary Baker Eddy).

            He saw this woman as fulfilling in the latter days this prophecy of Jeremiah (31:32):  “…the Lord hath created a new thing in the earth, A woman shall compass a man [that is, Christ Jesus].”  Paraphrasing Jeremiah, Totten writes:

            Behold there is a new thing under the sun.  For a Woman hath compassed a Man!
            But consider now that of old it was the Man, Adam, that originally Compassed a woman, — for was not Eve drawn from his side?
            And what if God reverse the process!—shall anything be too hard for Jehovah?  Surely if instead of taking a Woman-child from a man, He shall elect to draw a Man-child from a Woman he is able, and if so be he shall already have fulfilled that which he hath purposed from of old, — for the last shall be first although the first shall still be last! — be not presumptuous with thy judgment until he taketh thee into his counsel![20]

First Edition

            In compassing Jesus, the woman reverses the material dream of Eve {as seen above} being drawn from Adam and populating the world.  By this reverse process of a woman compassing a man, it must necessarily result in depopulating the world and thus causing the “drawing to a close” of “material history” (quoted above from No and Yes, p. 45), and the disappearance of all else (the end of the world) but the real man and the paradise of God.

First Edition

            In the latter days at the time of the second advent a Woman shall compass a man, and Mary, as a type of the mother of Jesus, will appear {as seen in TRUTH VERSUS ERROR}.
            When will “the equation” be solved?  When human thought reaches the level of God’s highest manhood.
            Mrs. Eddy carried Totten’s prophecy beyond the point of Eve’s separation from Adam; she sees the disappearance of everything material that came into appearance as a result of the separation.  The end of the world as it appears in the Adam dream is reversed, and we find ourselves having always lived in spiritual spheres.

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            The Protestant reformers of the 16th and 17th centuries “Luther, Calvin, Melanchthon, Wesley and thousands of others” over the centuries expressed in growing measure the letter and Spirit of the Christ teaching.  Truth demands “both the letter and Spirit of Christian Science whereby to instruct mankind into the demonstrable understanding of the divine Principle and rule of Christ healing.”

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            The zealot described here is the type who believes Christ, Truth, to be personal, — that is, to be a person who comes and goes in the first appearing, but that now it has come to stay [as a Science].  In other words, the zealot believes that Christ, Truth, has personal characteristics, and therefore he misstates the Science of Christ.  Mrs. Eddy makes it clear in this article that instead of personal characteristics, the Christ represents the true character of God.
            We cannot demonstrate Christian Science if we state it incorrectly.  This includes our conception or misconception of the first, second and third appearing of Christ, including the “relatives thereof.”  (Note.  The word “relative” as used here is in contrast to the use of “the absolute.”)  Thus, the relative of the first appearing would be the personal Jesus.  The relative of the second appearing would be the personal Mrs. Eddy.  {The relative of the third appearing would be the personal Martha.}

Note:  Specific study material about Christ is found in the “Platform” in Science and Health, pages 330-340; and in the chapter “The Apocalypse,” ibid. pages 558 to 578; and the illustrated poem Christ and Christmas.  Special attention should be given to the lines on page 577:4 in Science and Health, where the Bride, the Lamb’s wife, embodies the two-in-one Christ (not Woman taken from man).

            In the first edition of Christ and Christmas published in 1893 {The poem book was published before construction even began on The First Church of Christ Scientist.} the last illustration is that of Christ Jesus ascending from a New England landscape.  Early in 1894 she discontinued publication after the sale of the second edition.  In 1897 Mrs. Eddy resumed publication with the last illustration changed {a few other Illustrations were different as well}.  The {man’s} body disappeared leaving only the character of Christ as seen through the {flowered?} cross.  {Again, I disagree with this interpretation of the second Illustration for THE WAY.  I believe that the man (Jesus?) in the first THE WAY is transformed into the crown in the second THE WAY.}

Second Edition

The second “The Way”

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            You must not only have a correct statement of the Principle in order to demonstrate this Science, but also a correct statement of the Christ idea of this Principle.  Remember, Jesus said, “Whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do…”[21]  We must understand Christ, and know his name, in order to demonstrate the divine Principle in healing.

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            Jesus showed his followers how to resume their individual spiritual being by escaping from their material bodies.[22]  But the era in which Jesus appeared, the first coming of Christ, because of the level and density of materiality, could not comprehend “the science of his healing.”  That had to await a further awakening.  God chose a particular Woman to come to the flesh to bring to humanity a higher teaching of the Christ Science than could be comprehended by Jesus’ followers.  Jesus’ students healed by faith; the Woman would teach her students to heal by Science.

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                                           PERIODS OF LIGHT AND SHADE

            “…the second coming of Christ…is another era of the world’s awakening, a higher advent in human consciousness of the spiritual idea [Christ], the true character of God.  This idea of God neither comes nor goes, for it is inseparable from its divine Principle, the ever-present I Am.  But the human concept of this idea has its periods of light and shade.”
            The materialized human consciousness mistakenly sees these two advents as the appearing of finite person.  The Bride {who is knocking on the door} must be viewed as the Lamb’s {the boy} wife {the girl} under the new concept—the two-in-one conception explained—as a result of spiritual growth.  We have to eliminate a personal sense of Christ {the woman (Truth) knocking on the door} and a personal sense of Love {the girl} and Life {the boy}.  Christ is the character of God, and we are now entering “another era of the world’s awakening” and “a higher advent in the human consciousness of this spiritual idea.”

Second version of Truth versus Error

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THE THIRD APPEARING OF CHRIST:  THE DEMATERIALIZATION OF THE PERCEPTION OF CHRIST “TAKES AWAY ALL SENSE OF MATTER”

Each appearing brings a more spiritual era and the lessening of matter

            9a.  “Christian Scientists are not Second Adventists believing in the finite appearing of finite [material] good.  Every loyal Scientist understands that the second coming of Christ is the next higher, hence, more spiritual revelation of God’s character.”
            If we believe that a material person is Christ, then we believe that Christ comes and goes.  What is taking place is that the world is awakening by a process of “light and shade.”  That is, the world awakens to a higher level of the Christ idea (God’s character) by successive eras.  But Christ is ever-present in his fulness.

THE ERA OF JESUS WAS MORE MATERIALLY MINDED THAN THE ERA OF MRS. EDDY

            9b.  “The Christian era presented the first tangible [to the human senses] idea of God’s character by its inspired man, Jesus.”
            9c.  “The era of Christian Science ushers in through woman the second appearing of His [God’s] character and this from the necessity of His nature as the Father and Mother of all, the creator, even the complete and ever-present idea of God.  Therefore, this era comes not through Jesus but through Mary, the type of womanhood and mother of its first and forever appearing which divine Science alone can give.”
            Christ is the ever-present spiritual idea of the Son of God.  A son requires a Father and Mother.  Spiritually considered father and mother represent, not sex or gender, but movement from lesser to greater.  As Mrs. Eddy writes:  “Was not this a revelation instead of a creation?”[23]  The world must awaken to this concept of Christ.
            When Jesus came, that was the earliest time that the Christ could be manifested in the flesh; and with that recognition there was also an early glimpse of Motherhood {or Mother Hood}.  Paul said, Jerusalem is “the mother of us all”[24] and John saw in revelation the Woman God-crowned.[25]  These revelations appeared at the point when the world had awakened sufficiently to accept them.  Jesus was the representative in the flesh of God’s Fatherhood, and with his coming came a glimpse of the Motherhood of God.
            Mrs. Eddy tells us that Abraham, Isaac, Moses, and the prophets caught glorious glimpses of the Christ but they were not the Christ.  In Moses’ day they knew that Christ was to come.  But it could only come when thought could awaken to its earliest level of true Motherhood.  And even then it had to come through a man.  It was not until two thousand years later that the world did awaken to the level where it could see God as Mother.  The dematerialization that is now in progress could not appear until the world had arrived at this level.

                                    WHAT IS HIS “NEW NAME”?

            9d.  “The third appearing of the spiritual idea of the character of God will present but the disappearing of all else, and establish the supremacy of Spirit which obliterates the human sense of the divine, takes away all sense of matter and reveals the final fact that the idea, Christ, is not a materialized or finite man or woman, but is the infinite concept of infinite Mind.”
            The first appearing of Christ revealed the Fatherhood of God.  The second appearing revealed the Motherhood of God in two-in-one dual nature.  The third appearing is the dual Christ with no material or personal sense of sex or gender, but Christ as the character of God.
            In John’s gospel he relates the first appearing of Christ in the advent of Jesus.  In his book of Revelation he foretells the second advent of Christ in the coming of a woman (Mrs. Eddy).  Near the close of his Revelation he sees the Bride of Christ as the Holy City, but with no temple—body—therein.  Sex or gender is not a part of the Christ.  {Thus, I (the person known as Martha) am not a personal Christ, but what I have presented to you via my works with the Holy City Matrix is the Bride of Christ.}

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CHRIST JESUS AND MARY THE TWO-IN-ONE

            In explaining Christ as dual, as two-in-one, expressing God’s manhood and womanhood, represented by Jesus and Mrs. Eddy, we have Christ appearing as Christ Jesus and Mary—a personal sense.

(Colorized by me.)

            The human sense tends to cling to the manhood of God and Christ, and so to this sense it seems that Mrs. Eddy has taken away our Lord, and we know not where she has laid him.

The third Mary window.

            This quotation is from John 20:13.  The first person to see Jesus after his resurrection was Mary Magdalene.  She was looking for a bodily, personal Jesus.  He was standing there when she spoke to the angel, but she did not recognize him.  To her level of thinking, her Lord was a finite person.  To Jesus, Christ was the spiritual idea of God’s character, which he was expressing at that time.  He said to her, “Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father:  but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.”[26]  It is significant that he was first seen by a woman.  And because of his elevated thinking, he was avoiding personal sense and she could not touch him.  He could not ascend to his Father as a finite, fleshly form; he would ascend to his Father in his impersonal nature.
            The human mind tends to think of Christ as the finite person of Jesus, and the Christian Scientist often thinks of Mrs. Eddy, the revelator of Truth to this age, as a finite being.
            Mrs. Eddy tells us here that she is not taking away the real, but that she must take away “the false conception of the individual God, the individual man, and the personality and merits of Jesus,” but she has “endeavored to dematerialize and unlimit [our] human dream of the divine, [our] material sense of the spiritual, [our] finite views of the infinite, and to give [us] a scientific concept of Jesus and his mission, of the nature of Christ, of the mission of Mary as the mother of Jesus, the scientific interpreter of true manhood, womanhood and the character of God.”

                                                PARAGRAPH 11

            “Jesus’ work on earth is done, for he as an individual [not as a bodily person] finished his glorious earthly career and sat down at the right hand of the Father—left earth for heaven—in other words, he entered into the infinite sense of Life and its manifestation, never more to be manifest as flesh.  This was the consummation of his earth mission and it [the identical Jesus] needs no reappearing or repetition to crown its glory.”
            Mrs. Eddy writes:  “His physical sufferings, which came from the testimony of the senses, were over when he resumed his individual spiritual being, after showing us the way to escape from the material body.”[27]

                                             PARAGRAPH 12

            “All this is not the material Jesus, nor Mary, nor Martha, but the spiritual idea dwelling forever in the bosom of the Father-Mother God, because this idea is the link in being’s chain which unites indissolubly the Father and son [Christ], man [reflection] and God.  The on-rushing centuries are declaring this idea higher and higher in the scale of being and will ere long yield to the sense of its ascendant glory.”

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            {Above is the Seventh Illustration, from Christ and Christmas, SUFFER [PERMIT] THE CHILDREN TO COME UNTO ME.  Is not the girl sitting in the chair, with the little book open, like the angel of Revelation 10?  Is not this girl the depiction of Martha – the third coming of Christ?  This is the ONLY Illustration where SCIENCE AND HEALTH is depicted as an open book!  This is of importance.  Let us look to the three windows in Mother’s Room of The First Church of Christ Scientist in Boston Massachusetts for an answer.  In the first window we have the STAR OF BETHLEHEM/BOSTON – depicting the two-in-one Christ as Jesus and Mary Baker Eddy.  The center window is of Mary Baker Eddy herself while we have the third window depicting another rendition of the Seventh Illustration from Christ and Christmas.  The same STAR is seen in all three windows, however, this STAR is really a flower called the Star of Bethlehem.  These Star-Flowers are a key to take us to another important window in the Church Auditorium.  I will have more about this important window later on.}

                                                CHRIST THE LINK

            “‘The word was made flesh.’  Divine Truth must be known by its effects on the body as well as on the mind, before the Science of being can be demonstrated.  Hence its embodiment in the incarnate Jesus, — that life-link forming the connection through which the real reaches the unreal, Soul rebukes sense, and Truth destroys error.”[28]
            “Principle and its idea [Christ] is one, and this one is God, omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent Being, and His reflection is man and the universe.”[29]
            “If you fail to succeed in any case, it is because you have not demonstrated the life of Christ, Truth, more in your life, — because you have not obeyed the rule and proved the Principle of divine Science.”[30]
            What is the “link in being’s chain which unites indissolubly the Father and son, man and God…”?  Christ is the link, that is dwelling forever in the bosom of the Father-Mother.  It is not the material Jesus or the material Mary or the material Martha (looking for good in matter), but the spiritual idea that is the indissoluble link of man and God.  As Jesus said:  “And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.”[31]
            Principle and its idea, Christ, is one; and Christ is our life-link.  The Son, Christ, unites man with God.  This Father-Mother God does not produce offspring with an assemblage of organs but ideas which rise higher and higher in “ascendent glory” by means of the succession of light and shade through the life-link, Christ.  {Is it possible then that there are seven Christ-link Star-Flowers that are represented during the Seven Days of Genesis 1:1-2:3?}


            Father-Mother are terms which take on new meaning in different eras.  In our present definition of Father-Mother, it is that which appears to produce an infant with an assemblage of organs wrapped in flesh or skin.  You cannot use Father-Mother from the human sense without meaning precisely that.  But at the endtime that use of Father-Mother disappears and all that can be produced in subjective thought is light (or intelligence) in motion or in action, for there is no matter.
            This intelligence or life moves or is in motion as it reveals what is already created in divine Mind, — as it were — a pulsating from greater light to lesser light to greater light, so that the greater light of the future is brighter than the greater light of the present.  And in the unfolding light, the next future greater light causes our present greater light to seem to be lesser than the future greater light.
            This is the “ascendent glory” or rising “higher and higher.”  Ascendant means “moving upward.”  “Dwelling forever in the bosom of the Father-Mother [lesser light to greater light / ‘light and shade’] God”, the life-link (Christ) drives this “light and shade” process of the two great lights individually, for each one, and we constantly move upward in glory, because as John says in Revelation “And I saw no temple [body] therein:  for the Lord God almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.”[32]

                                    (End of Commentary on “The Second Advent” article)

 

                                                “ASCENDENT GLORY”

            What is life in heaven like?  Mrs. Eddy tells us in her article on “The Second Advent” it is “ascendant glory.” {The author keeps switching between the two words ascendant and ascendent, both spellings are correct.  I do not know if the author was even aware that he was doing this.}  It is a condition of rising higher and higher, from glory unto glory.  The real life is a life of glory.  The Bible speaks of passing “from glory to glory”[33] as does the Christian Science hymn 65.
            Webster’s Dictionary defines glory in part as “worshipful praise and thanksgiving; something that secures praise or renown; brilliant career; great beauty and splendor; magnificence; grandeur; exaltation.”
            In the article Mrs. Eddy speaks of Jesus’ “glorious earthly career.”  He gave us more than 30 parables describing the kingdom of heaven.  His whole life was an expression of heaven and ascendent glory.
            What is transpiring in the ascendent glory?  Is divine Mind, and Christ and man, just floating?  Does intelligent thought float?  Intelligent thought explores.  Divine Mind has no limits and therefore  is that which outlines but is not outlined.  An intelligent consciousness is in a perpetual state of exploration (of discovery).  Divine Mind is knowing itself through the seven synonyms in Science and Health, and revealing itself to us through Christ.  This is why the first question in “Recapitulation” in Science and Health is “What is God?” because to know God is all there is to know.  {The seven synonymous terms for God are:  Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, Love.}
          To repeat, Mrs. Eddy said in her 1888 class, “Sight is both subjective and objective.”[34]  What divine Mind sees is what is subjective in His thought.  And what is subjective in His thought is this marvelous understanding of Himself, of His own being.
            The word subjective means the mind’s thoughts of itself.  The objective state is the expression or manifestation of these thoughts.  Mrs. Eddy tells us that an idea is “the immediate object of understanding.”[35]  And the word idea comes from the Greek verb meaning “to see.”  In reality, we can only see what is subjective in divine Mind and that is why we have to know God.
            Mind’s knowledge is not stagnant or routine or dull.  What it expresses has outline, form, color, quality, and quantity.  God has within one Mind all men.
            {Mary Baker Eddy wrote that}  Spiritual teaching must always be by symbols.  So we appreciate the symbols.  We cannot do without John’s symbolic description of the Holy City.  This city moves, unfolds, is in motion {wheels within wheels}.  All that there is would require a universe to describe it.  {Remember the Star-Flowers in Mother’s Room?  Where else do we find these flowers in the Auditorium?  We find them in the twelfth Keystone of WINDOW OF THE OPEN BOOK where they form either the Big Dipper or they represent the Seven Sisters.  I believe that this Keystone Window could represent both Star Constellations.  What is in the hub center of WINDOW OF THE OPEN BOOK?  The Little Open Book of Revelation 10, the SAME book open in SUFFER THE CHILDREN…  This WINDOW is the Holy City Matrix!}

                                                            LIFE

            What is life?  And what makes life?
            In order to make life it requires life.  Matter is inert, lifeless.  Matter does not make life.  Then what makes life?  The life that makes life has to be a self-existence; that is, it has to be a life that lives in and of itself in order to make life.  All the living creatures {I do not think that Larkin is speaking about the four living creatures here.} owe their lives to this one source of all life.  Life is self-existent in that it is a Principle which could not be made or evolved.  So we have to conclude then that Life is self-existent; and that this life which has its existence within and of itself can never be killed.  This describes the Life that is God, and there is no other life.  So-called physical life is but a belief of life in a physical body, where there is no life.

                                                INTELLIGENCE

            An absolute essential to life and its glory is intelligence.  Consciousness without intelligence would not be life or any part of life.
            Life without infinite intelligence would be a void.  There must be intelligence and Mind for Life to be.  In fact, Life requires the activities of Mind, and these activities are not robotic, routine, dull, boring, or unproductive, but are intelligent, stimulating, uplifting, inspiring, etc.
            Also, intelligence has to have a motivation.  That motivation is Love.  Intelligence without Love would be purposeless.

                                    STARS:  SPHERES OF INTELLIGENCE

            In 1938 before the Space Age, in the presence of this editor, Mrs. Annie M. Knott, CSD, a personal student of Mrs. Eddy said:  “This little bit of earth cannot possibly be large enough for the abode of intelligent thought…  The opening up, or communication with, another planet will be no more remarkable than the discovering of America.”
            How was Mrs. Knott relating the Earth to the “abode of intelligent thought”?  She was pointing to the scientific fact that what appear to us as stars and planets in the sky are counterfeits of spheres of intelligence.  The real spheres of intelligence, or formations of intelligent thought, are all that really exist.  {As a symbolic example of this, around 18 years ago the show Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda aired.  In it there was a character named Trance Gemini.  It turned out that she was an Avatar of a sun, she was the intelligence being manifested.  A trance is a mental state of mind that is supposed to be higher in thought then what you find in the material body, while Gemini is the astrological symbol for the twin fish, or the two Christ advents.  The Age of Gemini took place during Jesus’s Fifth Day of Life and Mary Baker Eddy’s Sixth Day of Truth.  Yet this television series takes place during the Seventh Day of Love (which began on June 6, 1996).  (I met the actress playing Trance in 2002.)  Over the past few months the show has been re-aired on Comet TV.}
            In the first chapter of Genesis we read:  “And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:  And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth:  and it was so.  And God made two great lights; the grater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night:  he made the stars also.”[36]
            Scofield’s Reference Bible says that “the stars (Gen. 1:16) are individual believers who are ‘lights’ (Phil. 2:15,16).  See John 1:5.”[37]  So, the stars {suns and sometimes planets} represent people (“individuals”).  In Revelation St. John the Evangel tells us it is the revelation of Jesus Christ, and Jesus says:  “I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.”[38]  {The morning star is really a planet, the planet Venus, which was supposed to have been, perhaps, the Star of Bethlehem.  The Star of Bethlehem was a wandering star, and a wandering star is a planet.}  And Revelation tells us Jesus said to him that overcometh:  “I will give him the morning star.”[39]  Mrs. Eddy tells us that the “colossal characters, Paul and Jesus” are “stars of the first magnitude—fixed stars in the heavens of Soul.”[40]
            What are stars?  To repeat, in Christian Science stars are not masses or objects of inert, mindless matter occupying outer space.  They are spheres of thought—spheres of intelligence, comprised of the substance of Spirit.  So, stars represent individuals, and they also represent words, or spheres, of Spirit comprised of spiritual life and intelligence.  {Going back to the word avatar – it means “an incarnation in human form” (Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary).  Also according to Webster’s an avatar descends (comes down from a higher place to a lower place).  Would not this be symbolic of the incarnation of Christ, the Christ-Truth intelligence (brightness) shining in the earth in human form?  Are not the three comings of Christ the same thing as saying the re-incarnation of the Christ?  Are the three Star of Bethlehem flowers depicted in Mother’s Room not the Stars of the three Christ avatars – Jesus, Mary, and Martha?}
            At the time of Jesus the known universe consisted primarily of those lands which lay along the shore of the Mediterranean Sea, and the lands to the east.  In the content of what was known of the world at that time, the kingdom of heaven was represented or symbolized by a magnificent city on the top of a mountain and called the Holy Jerusalem {City of Peace}.
            Today, however, humanity in the advanced western nations has a different view of the universe, but old theology has not updated or upgraded the concept of heaven to keep pace with the discoveries and advances.
            Mrs. Eddy writes:  “The astronomer will no longer look up to the stars, — he will look out from them upon the universe…”[41]

                        OUTER SPACE VERSUS THE KINGDOM WITHIN

            Many are familiar with the various American and Russian space programs, as well as with the science fiction movies {and TV shows} Star Trek, Star Wars, and others.  These are outer space adventures which counterfeit the discoveries of intelligent thought.  {I am nit picking here, as Mr. Larkin tells us that the shows are unreal, stands to reason because they are called Science Fiction not Science Fact!  You can, however, find very metaphysical messages in some of these stories of Science Fiction.  For instance, the episode, from Star Trek, called “Day of the Dove,” actually gives us valuable information on how to deal with malicious animal magnetism.  I would even go farther in saying that even though Star Wars has to do with space travel, it really is more of a myth type of story telling which deals with archetype characters.}  They {these Science Fiction shows} involve physics and the physical universe.  The physical universe, however, since matter is forever unreal, is therefore an illusion, and we are required to look elsewhere to find the “universe” Mrs. Eddy refers to in Science and Health when she says man will look out upon the universe from the stars.  Here we have a different concept of astronomy and stars and the universe.  The astronomer of the future referred to by Mrs. Eddy is not one who is working in outer space, but one who has advanced to the kingdom within, that is, the mind and consciousness.  This is metaphysics.
            The stars Mrs. Eddy says we “will look out from” are not planets of matter, they are spheres of intelligence, — solid, tangible, spiritual.  Like John and Jesus in Revelation we will communicate with these other celestial entities throughout eternity.  The means by which we will communicate with these numberless and vast worlds and planets will be divine Mind.  And the process will be revelation—just as St. John beheld the spiritual creation through revelation.  {Even though this is true, it is also true that in the physical world, because of Christian Science, that mankind has evolved some limited forms of space travel.  We have landed on the moon, we have a space station above Earth, we have sent probes to Mars, and we have sent Voyager out into the universe.  In these instances, man certainly is looking out to the stars while being in space.}
            Mrs. Annie M. Knott writing editorially says:

            The way of Truth is a way of unceasing discovery, — God’s ideas appearing to the enlarging vision as the clouds of sense are dispelled.  We gladly claim as our brothers all great thinkers and workers. …  It is absolutely certain that if brotherhood were understood as the inviolable relation of all God’s children to each other, the beauty and strength of this spiritual bond and its limitless possibilities would dawn upon the race with new and holy hopes.  Even the dependence of mortals upon each other, when seen in this light, means much more than material cooperation.  It points out a wonderful pathway of discovery along which one’s own capabilities for good may be found, tested, and applied in service to others.  The next step is the discovery of a brother’s divinely bestowed capabilities, and their utilization through the faith which seeks and finds God’s likeness everywhere. …

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            In a crowded city one may be as lonely as was Crusoe on the desert island until a brother man appeared.  One is not truly conscious of himself until he finds a brother and loves him because they have a common Father, but this consummation is not attained until spiritual sense reveals the great facts of existence.[42]

            Again Mrs. Knott writes:

            The student of Christian Science has started on a voyage of discovery, on which are revealed in numberless ways how good God is and always has been to him.  Past, present, and future contribute to awakened spiritual perception their quota of good, and at each discovery we should reverentially pause to give thanks for the good which God bestowed, but to which we were oblivious until in our search for happiness we found a never appreciated divine gift.  Then comes a flood of light which renders fresh discoveries possible.  At every step of the way it is true that with more gratitude there is more light, and with the light more gladness.  The psalmist says, “At midnight I will rise to give thanks unto thee.”  In so doing he makes a discovery and declares that God’s law “is better…than thousands of gold and silver.”[43]

            What is large enough “for the abode of intelligent thought”?  The universe of numberless stars and planets, spheres of thought.  These are the “stars” referred to in chapter one of Genesis.  These are the stars and planets that have the moving creatures, the trees and plants and so on, and our brothers who join us in progressive activities and share the glories of earth and heaven and man, in a constant expansive endless infinite series of glorious discoveries.

                        THE AGE OF LOVE’S DIVINE ADVENTURE

            Mrs. Eddy states:  “We live in an age of Love’s divine adventure to be All-in-all.”[44]
            Heaven is a spiritual state of “Love’s divine adventure.”  It is in motion and it is occupied by spiritual beings endowed with perpetual strength, vigor, and the spirit of divine adventure.
            What could be a more glorious adventure than to move in these spheres of intelligent thought, and discover the grand and glorious ideas which comprise infinite and eternal Mind!

[1] Martha H. Bogue, Notes, Miscellaneous Documents, compiler G. C. Carpenter (Providence, 1961), p. 62.

[2] SCIENCE AND HEALTH WITH KEY TO THE SCRIPTURES, by Mary Baker Eddy 583:10-11

[3] Fannie L. Pierce, Miscellaneous Documents, compiler G. C. Carpenter (Providence, 1961), p. 85.

[4] S&H 503:20-22

[5] S&H 591:19-20

[6] Genesis 1:5, 8, 13, 19, 23, 31

[7] Luke 17:21

[8] II Corinthians 3:18; Christian Science Hymnal, p. 65

[9] Matthew 28:20

[10] Essays on Christian Science Ascribed to Mary Baker Eddy, compiler G. C. Carpenter (Providence, 1961), p. 146

[11] Christian Science Journal, August 1890, vol. VIII, p. 193

[12] S&H 577:4

[13] S&H 576:26-577:4

[14] Personal memorandum supplied by the secretary to Judge Hanna’s Christian Science Association

[15] The King’s Daughters by C.A.L. Totten, p. 251

[16] Mary Baker Eddy, Bates-Dittemore, p. 343

[17] The King’s Daughters, p. 257

[18] Volume 2, Number 3, April 2, 1991, pp. 9 to 16
Volume 4, Number 1, January 2, 1993, pp. 2 to 11
Volume 4, Number 3, July 20, 1993, p. 6
Volume 5, Number 1, January 20, 1994, pp. 8 to 10

[19] Christian Science Journal, July, 1898, vol. XVI, p. 292

[20] The King’s Daughters, p. 257

[21] John 14:13

[22] Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, p. 105:8

[23] S&H 504:14-15

[24] Galatians 4:26

[25] Revelation 12:1

[26] John 20:17

[27] Miscellaneous Writings, p. 105:8

[28] S&H 350:24

[29] S&H 465:17-466:1

[30] S&H 149:12

[31] John 14:13, 14

[32] Revelation 21:22

[33] Revelation 21:22

[34] Martha H. Bogue, Notes, Miscellaneous Documents, compiler G. C. Carpenter (Providence, 1961), p. 62.

[35] S&H 115:17-18

[36] Genesis 1:14-16

[37] Scofield Reference Bible, p. 4

[38] Revelation 22:16

[39] Revelation 2:28

[40] Miscellaneous Writings, p. 360:6

[41] S&H 125:28-29

[42] Christian Science Sentinel, July 15, 1916, vol. XVIII, p. 910

[43] Ibid, August 5, 1916, vol. XVIII, p. 971

[44] The First Church of Christ Scientist and Miscellany by Mary Baker Eddy, p. 158:9-10

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